I have been enjoying immensely the time I have recently spent in the solitude of the wilderness, time that I spend walking and communing with the Almighty. Time I also spend seeking, experiencing and photographing His creation. The furry creatures whose paths I cross are always busy about their business of eating, drinking and occasionally caring for their young if they happen to have them. They are never threatening, usually just curious and sometimes afraid. Even the so called predators are normally just busy searching for food and completely uninterested in the lives and activities of humans.

Doe and fawns
Doe watching over her fawns

So another thing I wonder about as I walk in the creation is how can some people spend their lives caring for and protecting the creation while others can think of nothing but destruction. Some are intent on killing and maiming, others in their lust for money and power destroy the air and water. Politicians are bought and sold by the highest bidder to enact policies that remove any obstacles to their greed. Others dream up wars, sometimes to eliminate people who don’t believe as they do, sometimes to take territory that doesn’t belong to them and sometimes to just have power over others.

There are many activities God would have us busying ourselves with and as I commune with Him on my walks and hikes I have been wondering if my work trying to help the wolves, other animals and the environment honors Him. Is He only concerned with souls, or is He also concerned with the rest of His creation? As is often the case, the answers to my questions come from His written Word. At the end of the age, when those who seek to destroy for their own gain have overpowered the good in this world, His Word says: “And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.” Revelation 11:18.

To destroy them which destroy the earth. So God is watching over His earth, keeping track of who destroys it so as to put a stop to it before it is too late. But what is the earth? Is it just the dirt we walk on? Of course not, the earth is the planet and everything on it, the people, the animals, the environment that sustains us, the blue sky, clean air, clear water, oceans, fish, trees and the and the great beauty and magnificence that makes this world a pleasant place to live. God loves His entire creation and watches over it with great concern. So beware to those who think that they they are doing good by participating in the greed in the name of business, killing, maiming, polluting and poisoning in secret. God is watching and remembering, for it is also written: “Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord “ Romans 12:19.

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